Just a few feet is all that's left to connect the new Mississippi River bridge.
Crews are putting in that last piece today (Thursday). The Missouri Department of Transportation sayscrews will spend much of the day today laying two steel girders on the upstream and downstream sides of the bridge. They are each 10-feet long and 6-feet high.
Spectators are invited to watch from an old pumphouse at Mullanphy just east of Broadway, through the flood wall. http://www.newriverbridge.org/documents/viewingplatform.pdf.
Friday at 9:00am, contractors will start installing a 30-thousand pound floor beam that will go between the two edge girders. The bridge will be connected, but it will not be finished. Engineers say there is still a lot of work to be done if the bridge is to open on schedule by early next year.
Officials urge anyone who comes to keep the roads and bike trails clear.
Map to the pumphouse: http://www.newriverbridge.org/documents/viewingplatform.pdf.